[claudef]
> jython hashtest.py
> String: my name is grinder
> Unicode: array('b', [85, 45, -46, 48, 119, -14, 30, -97, 31, 97, -58, 83, -96, -115, 126, -16])

> What are those -___ characters in the printout, how to read them correctly?  

The minus numbers are caused by java not having unsigned bytes, only signed bytes, which means they can range in value from -128 to 127.

[claudef]
> source:
> # Jython user group report
> # unicode via c language produces:
> # [0] 85
> # [1] 45
> # [2] 210

210 == 256 - 46.

Alan.